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  • Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (24)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Mandarin Chinese Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of culture notes in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information or preferences, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more.

    Bruce says: "Well thought out but beware of the shortcomings"
    "Well thought out but beware of the shortcomings"
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    What did you love best about Chinese (Man) Phase 1, Units 1-30?

    There's a lot of repetition so words and expressions gradually stick to your head. No frills, just a very practical learning method. Unlike other language learning audiobooks, instructors don't keep rattling on in English more than three-quarters of the audio time. I also like the long enough pauses in this so that you actually get to say the words you are learning.


    Any additional comments?

    This learning method is a good one. The sentences and words used are well thought out. But a word of caution. This program provides you with basically no written text. Downloadable material does not contain any transcript for the main part of the material. And I think it is quite difficult to learn Chinese language solely phonetically. It will be so much easier with transcripts of the expressions that appear in the program. I study Spanish language as well using the Pymsleur method. It works better with Spanish which is a phonetically written language. When you hear a sentence in Spanish, you pretty much know how it's spelled. Chinese is not like that. Chinese is a language that relies on each character's meaning. Rather than learning sound for every expresson, learning Chinese characters can really expedite learning. When Chinese characters are combined in different ways, you can still guess the meaning if you know the meaning of those characters. You can't do this with the Pymsleur method unfortunately as it does not involve much Chinese character learning. I use other iPhone apps to supplement this side. That said, repetition in the Pymsleur program is very helpful. Things gradually sink in with massive repetition in this audiobook. Besides, it's really nice to be able to learn a langage while walking around town or in the park. I'm an avid walker.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Mandarin Chinese with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Speak and understand Mandarin Chinese in just thirty minutes a day. Phase 3 includes another 15 hours of spoken language practice and one additional hour of culture notes, and is designed is designed to be used after completion of Phases 1 and 2. The beginning of Phase 3 offers you the chance to further expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level.

    Bruce says: "Good but there are drawbacks"
    "Good but there are drawbacks"
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    Would you listen to Chinese (Man) Phase 3, Units 1-30 again? Why?

    Yes, because I want to improve my command of Chinese language.


    Any additional comments?

    This learning method is a good one. The sentences and words used are well thought out. But it provides you with basically no written text. And I think it is quite difficult to learn Chinese language only phonetically. It will be so much easier with transcripts of the expressions that appear in the program. I study Spanish language as well using the Pymsleur method. It works better with Spanish which is a phonetically written language. When you hear a sentence in Spanish, you pretty much know how it's spelled. Chinese is not like that. Chinese is a language that relies on each character's meaning. Rather than learning sound for every expresson, learning Chinese characters can really expedite learning. When Chinese characters are combined in different ways, you can still guess the meaning if you know the meaning of those characters. You can't do this with the Pymsleur method unfortunately as it does not involve much Chinese character learning. I use other iPhone apps to supplement this side. That said, repetition in the Pymsleur program is very helpful. Things gradually sink in with massive repetition in this audiobook. Besides, it's really nice to be able to learn a langage while walking around town or in the park. I'm an avid walker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
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    (1774)
    Story
    (1765)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Amazing performance by Anne Hathaway"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    Ms. Hathaway's reading. It's just a stroke of genius.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I don't watch movies much so I only heard of her name before. But after listening to this, I'm a big fan of her.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry Does Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    S. Blaine says: "Uplifting and fun"
    "Lighthearted entertainment"
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    If you could sum up Dave Barry Does Japan in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, a little out of date, but still funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barry, the writer. He sees the funny side of things in everything. A bit sophomoric at times but gives me a lot of hearty laughs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are countless of them. Highschool baseball, Tokyo Disneyland, No street names in Japan... to name a few.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is a collection of Barry's reports on Japan. To listen to it in one sitting is okay but I'd rather enjoy several episodes at one time as I don't want to feel numbed with all the punch lines that come one after another.


    Any additional comments?

    The performer is great with his comedy timing. The sound quality leaves something to be desired. Not as cear as more recent audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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